School meals applications are on line

Families can complete the school meals application online.  Regardless whether students will be eating hot lunch, all parents and guardians are required to submit one form for all their children attending any NYC DOE school.  The online application is easy and will be sent electronically to SchoolFood and when processed the eligibility status will be sent to the school database, usually within 24 hours of receipt.  We encourage households to use their computers at home, at libraries or their smart phones to go to 
and complete the online form.

If you have any meal eligibility questions, pleae contact the Office of SchoolFood Help Desk at (877) 363-6325 or email

40,000 FREE Books!

40,000 FREE Books!!!
Literature good for grades PreK - 12
Saturday, October 25th
See attachment!


*Perfect Attendance

As discussed by Mr. Scali at our PTA meetings, attendance matters.  We are working to improve our schools attendance.  As an incentive, any child who has perfect attendance for the month of September will be receiving tickets to a Wagner College Footballl game.  Watch for your perfect attendance flyer coming home next week! 

If you attend the game and take pictures of your child receiving their certificate, please forward the pictures via e-mail to nfalcone2@schools.nyc.gov. Your child can appear on our Perfect Attendance board!

Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters! 

Missing a day of school here and there or arriving 10 minutes late may seem inconsequential and at times even insignificant, but consider this: a student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss over 30 hours of instruction during the year — a week of school. A student who is absent just twice a month will miss 20 school days — 4 weeks of school! Each lateness or absence means a student has lost an opportunity to learn. Just as we can never regain a moment of time wasted, missing a day of school means missing a day of education that cannot be retrieved. Students may be able to make up an assignment, but they can never recover what is most important — the discussion, the questions, the explanations by the teacher and the thinking that makes learning come alive.

Chancellor's Parent Conferences

Save the date:
Chancellor's Parent
The doors of Tweed will once again open for the Chancellor's Parent Conferences, this a great opportunity for parents to learn what's going on in their child's classroom and how they can take a leadership role in their school community. The Chancellor will be the keynote speaker, and members of her senior leadership team will also be present.  Conferences will take place from 9:00a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays:
November 1 (elementary school)
November 15 (high school)
December 6 (middle school)

Gifted & Talented

Gifted and Talented applications and practice booklets are now available for students in Kindergarten through Third grade
Please contact your Parent Coordinator, Nancy Falcone if you would like a testing booklet.
See Attachment for more information.


P.S. 56 Student Handbook 2014 - 2015

Attached is the P.S. 56 Student Handbook 2014 - 2015. 
Please review this handbook with your child and return the Sign-Off page to your child's teachers by September 16th, 2014.


2014-15 Student Handbook (1).pdf


PS56 is now a POS lunch system school. 
Please visit www.myLunchMoney.com and click on "Enroll Now" or call Customer Service at (800) 479-3531.


Dear Parents,

 If your child eats hot lunch, you are responsible for payment. You can send the money to the school which will then be credited to your child/children's account, or you can go online to www.myLunchMoney.com and click: "Enroll Now"  to set up an account. Balances that are outstanding in June will be carried over to the coming year in September. Therefore you will be starting off the new school year with a negative balance.

                                                                                                          Thank You,
                                                                                                           Dean Scali


ARIS Parent Link

 ARIS PARENT LINK is an online tool that will help you get the information you need about your child’s academic progress. In ARIS Parent Link you will be able to view detailed information about your child – including information about attendance and scores on state tests. You will also be able to learn how our  school compares with other NYC schools.

Before you can log in to ARIS Parent Link for the first time, you must have your child’s Student ID # and your Temporary Password #. If you have not logged in, contact Nancy Falcone Parent Coordinator for assistance at nfalcone2@schools.nyc.gov  If you have forgotten your password, contact Password Help (shown under the log in screen on the ARIS Parent Link Homepage).

U-Turns Prohibited in NYS School Zones

NYS Vehicles & Traffic Law 1161B.
b.No motor vehicle shall make a U turn within a school zone.  For the purposes of this subdivision, the term "school zone" shall mean the distance along a highway passing a school building, entrance or exit of a school abutting on the highway for which a school sign (S1-1) has been posted pursuant to this chapter and in compliance with the manual on uniform traffic control devices maintained pursuant to section sixteen hundred eighty of this chapter.



We need your help!
Please refrain from driving down Kramer Avenue during arrival and dismissal.
Kramer Avenue is a closed street from 8:00AM - 4:00PM.  Our school busses can not get down Kramer Avenue if you are parked in front of the school.Thank you for your cooperation.

5th Grade Parent Information page

We are pleased to announce we have added a 5th Grade Parent Information page to our eChalk tool bar.  By clicking this site, 5th grade parents will be able to access information regarding Middle School Open Houses, Middle School Choice letters, upcoming 5th grade events and more useful information.



Free help with homework!
Reading - Math - Writing - Science
Call on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
4:00 - 7:00 pm
A teacher will answer, ready to help.
United Federation of Teachers and Department of Education of the city of New York

Managing Test Anxiety

The Department of Education has given some suggestions
to help students overcome test anxiety.  
Please see attachment for ideas.


NY Restoration Project / Million Trees NYC

Our trees are planted! 
Click the links below for pictures and an article appearing in the Staten Island Advance.

Dear PS 56 Community:
We are happy to announce that approximately thirty trees will be planted around our school grounds and inside our schoolyard.  Holes will be pre-drilled and then filled in on Tuesday, September 24th, between the hours of 11:00am-3:00pm.  This is so that on the day of planting, Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 the trees can be more easily planted by the New York Restoration Project and Million TreesNYC.  We have been awaiting the arrival and planting of the trees for the last two years and are very happy that the trees will finally be planted, helping to beautify our neighborhood.
As always, please use caution when driving and walking to PS 56 each and every morning and please obey traffic laws.
Thank you,
Dean Scali
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Respect for All Week

Respect for All at P.S. 56
We will be celebrating random acts of kindness
throughout our school community

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 23
Pre-K Non Attendance
Friday, October 24
Halloween Dance
Monday, October 27
Grand Gourmet Ends
Lower Grade Pumpkin Patch
Friday, October 31
March of Dimes Mini-Walk